War budget hurts economy


Published: Saturday, February 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 10:56 p.m.

A petition table was set up outside the main library Saturday where I readily signed a protest of the pending war proposed by George W. Bush. The brochure distributed at the petition table, titled "The Price of War: Economic & Social Impacts on Alachua County," is filled with chilling economic facts.

All U.S. citizens need to understand the implications of how our tax dollars are now being spent. For example, the Bush administration's military budget is larger than that of the next 25 highest countries combined.

Ironically I was returning the 1959 star-cast movie tape, "On the Beach." The print on the box cover reads: "The war is over. Nobody won. Only the inhabitants of Australia and the men on the U.S. submarine...have escaped the nuclear destruction and radiation."

A strong argument has been made that a destabilizing war will insure that if weapons of mass destruction are in fact hidden in Iraq, they will quickly be transferred into the hands of the real terrorists. We must insist that our national leaders not be blind to the biological and economic ruin on the horizon. Will we wake up before it is too late?

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